Sounds like … Sarah McLachlan, Anna Nalick, Nichole Nordeman, Sara Groves, Jennifer Knapp, and other artists with a knack for thoughtful, accessible singer/songwriter stuff

At a glance … Albertine proves it is possible to strike the perfect balance between art and faith, while still remaining accessible to both sides of the Christian-mainstream divide

For the millions of ardent Hillsong United fans, Brooke Fraser needs no introduction. She's been the best-kept secret of the popular modern worship group since their 2006 album United We Stand, for which she penned the lovely "None But Jesus." Since then, she's remained actively involved with the band, touring the world and writing some of the most stirring choruses to come from the entire Hillsong camp, including "Hosanna," "Lead Me to the Cross," and "Lord of Lords."

Interestingly, Fraser was a best-selling recording artist in her native New Zealand before she even took on ministry duties at the Australian megachurch. In her country, she's a multi-platinum selling star, moving hundreds of thousands of copies of her first two albums, What to Do with Daylight and Albertine, the latter of which was just released in American soil.

What's striking about Fraser is how well she's able to reconcile her beliefs with her singer/songwriter side. A worship leader at heart, Fraser can't help but write songs addressed directly to God, but in a way that's at once artistic, prayerful, and introspective. Such is the case with the peculiarly titled first single, "Shadowfeet," a melodically rich song that ponders heaven with the thoughtfulness of a Nichole Nordeman, but with the piano-based panache of a Sarah McLachlan.

With titles like "Hosea's Wife," "Hymn," "C.S. Lewis Song," and ...

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May 27, 2008
Wood & Bone
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